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Silent Light (2007)

Stellet Licht (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 12 October 2007 (Mexico)
In a Mennonite community in Mexico, a father's faith is tested when he falls in love with a new woman.


Carlos Reygadas


Carlos Reygadas
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Credited cast:
Cornelio Wall Cornelio Wall ... Johan
Miriam Toews Miriam Toews ... Esther
Maria Pankratz ... Marianne
Peter Wall Peter Wall ... Padre
Jacobo Klassen Jacobo Klassen ... Zacarias
Elizabeth Fehr Elizabeth Fehr ... Madre
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jacques Brel ... Self (archive footage)


Johan (Cornelio Wall Fehr), a Mennonite living in Mexico, is tormented with guilt over his extramarital affair with Marianne (Maria Pankratz). His father (Peter Wall), best friend (Jacobo Klassen) and wife (Miriam Toews) know the truth, but Johan's suffering has to do with his faith, which he can't reconcile with his deeds. Written by dfwforeignbuff

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Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


Reygadas uses real-life Mennonites instead of professional actors in the film. See more »


The English subtitles translate one line as "The man on the phone wants a plutonium exhaust." This would be expensive, not to mention environmentally hazardous! Presumably the line actually refers to platinum, not plutonium. See more »


Les Bonbons
Written and performed by Jacques Brel
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Helps you going out of your fantasy bubble...
28 April 2008 | by dasevilengelSee all my reviews

As a Mexican, I forget that this country is formed not only by cities'and country inhabitants. There is an almost infinite number of variables between those to macro worlds. A movie like this helps you remember how diverse and rich human race is, and that you are surrounded by so many different types of individuals, but it's just that you don't want to look carefully. This movie is really art cinema, and it was great for me watching this kind of production in a commercial location. From the moment of the initial sequence -that resembles the long scenes in Russian movies and theater- I knew that what I was about to witness was a display of delightful movie making. This one is definitely not for the average movie goer that wants to see explosions all over the place and easy to understand plots. No, definitely not. But If you are one of those, I strongly encourage you to see it, but do that with an open mind, knowing that it will be an extremely hard to digest film. And sometimes, you need to sacrifice something in order to enjoy the worthy things in life. And with the closing sequence, parallel to the opening one, I felt I paid to watch a real movie, and believe me, that does not happen often to me.

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Release Date:

12 October 2007 (Mexico) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Chihuahua, Mexico


Box Office


EUR980,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,967, 11 January 2009

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Dolby | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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